Featured Founders: Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah, Cuyana

The Fueled by Purpose Marketplace elevates female-founded businesses that are addressing social issues and supporting a variety of causes. This week’s featured founders are Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah of Cuyana.

Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah launched Cuyana with the vision of creating a culture of empowerment and a clothing and accessories brand that inspires intentional buying. It offers foundational pieces made with integrity and kindness from premium materials. Built on its “fewer, better” philosophy, Cuyana encourages customers to purchase fewer but better-quality pieces they will love and treasure for years to come.

Cuyana also partners with online thrift store thredUP on its Lean Closet program, an initiative that encourages customers to embrace a “fewer, better” lifestyle and pare down their closet. A thredUP shipping label comes with each purchase, and items donated through the partnership benefit HEART, a membership community of advocates, professionals and philanthropists raising money to support child victims of abuse receiving services at the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in Los Angeles.

Featured Product: Classic Leather Tote in Caramel Pebbled Leather

“Lightweight and seriously soft, our Classic Leather Tote is the perfect marriage of luxury and practicality. Designed with a simple silhouette in sumptuous Italian leather, this tote is just right for both work or weekend endeavors.”

This tote is made in Turkey from Italian leather and is Leather Working Group Gold certified; it has a natural, unlined interior.

To learn more about this featured product, visit the Marketplace page.

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Photos: Cuyana

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